In 1947 Mr. Martinez scraped together $35 to buy his first inventory of spices, which he immediately repackaged into small cellophane packets. Mr. Martinez then peddled his spices door-to-door to all the corner markets in the Los Angeles, California area. His $35 investment turned into a $50 profit, which he used to buy more spices. Tampico Spice Company – one of the first companies in the world to package spices in cellophane bags for enhanced visibility and convenience – was born!Read More
Today Tampico Spice Company is an established and recognized food processor selling herbs and spices across the Western United States. Still family owned and operated, and located in Los Angeles, the third generation of the Martinez family has now joined the team.
The future is looking bright (and spicy!) at Tampico.Read More
With his dedication, over time the company grew and grew. A facility was opened, and machinery was purchased. Soon Tampico Spice imported spices, processed their own herbs and spices, and became spice blenders.Read More
Since the beginning, Mr. and Mrs. Martinez always believed in the value and importance of education. That’s why Tampico supports the local schools, encouraging students to work hard and stay in school. From food and school supply donations to hosting holiday celebrations for local students, Tampico supports the community.Read More
Chefs at the region’s most competitive chili cook-offs rely on Tampico Spices as their secret ingredients. They put our spices into generic packages (or even disguise them in bottles of other spice brands) to trick fellow contestants!Read More